Fond memories and emotional goodbyes were shared at the Kodak factory as the site begins its wind down process ahead of the closure.
Long standing employees, who are the last remaining staff at the Harrow factory, reminisced with getwestlondon about the good, bad and truly wonderful work memories they will walk away with after decades of service to Kodak Alaris.
Manager Duncan McIntosh, who has overseen the process since the announcement in April and been with the company for thirty years, said despite the saddening news, everyone was very positive.
"No one had a bad word to say," he said.
"They know that it has happened because of the nature of the work and not because of Kodak.
"The decision doesn't reflect their hard work, but the factory was unsustainable.
"We have communicated with them from the start and some were even relieved to find out because it had been uncertain for a little while."
He added that since spring, colleagues have often reminisced and discussed stories of their time at the site.
Out of the 250 who lost jobs as a result of the closure, around two thirds left at the end of October, with the rest carrying out the "decommissioning" process to make sure the factory is ready to be closed down.
The remaining members of staff will leave in December and some at the end of January.
The Kodak Alaris site in Harrow, which opened in 1891, is the last to close down worldwide, with around a quarter of their employees living in Harrow.
Others were predominantly from the Hemel Hempstead and Watford area.
At its height in the 1950s, the facility employed more than 6,000 people but in 2013, the company entered financial problems, with the future of the site uncertain.
Housing developers Persimmon Homes North London, announced that 500 properties will be built on the historic site later this year.
The development is said to be focused on the Zoom leisure complex and the old sports ground of the Kodak base.
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